I shared a photo the other day on Facebook of my new favorite snack I whipped up — crispy walnuts covered in homemade caramel sauce and sprinkled with sea salt. This is so simple, I wasn’t even planning on posting a recipe for it, but since several readers asked, here it is!
You can use any kind of nut you like, really, but they should ideally be soaked and dried crispy. I showed how I did this with my walnuts in this post.
Nuts, like grains and other seeds, have anti-nutrients that block absorption of minerals and can inhibit digestion. Thankfully, neutralizing these icky anti-nutrients is easy — you just have to soak the nuts in salt water overnight, then dehydrate them in an oven or other dehydration system. I’d kill for one of these awesome dehydrators, but my little hippie home is powered by the sun and a dehydrator would suck up too much energy. Bummer!
I said this was easy, and I really wasn’t kidding. Are you ready for this? Two ingredients.
And we’re not getting all fancy here with a candy thermometer or anything. None of that “hard-crack,” “soft-crack,” whatever-crack nonsense for this simple caramel. Put equal amounts of the butter and honey into a small pot and simmer for several minutes until the sauce gets thickened, bubbly, a little darker in color, and starts smelling like caramel. People like different levels of doneness when it comes to caramel sauce, so cook it according to your tastes.
Then, drizzle the caramely goodness all up in your nuts! Your… your walnuts, that is. Or pecans, those would be delicious.
If you have extra sauce, pour it onto a plate and put it into the fridge to cool and then break into chunks. Now you have caramel candy, too!
I hope you know by now, faithful readers, that you should only be using real salt — not that stark-white chemical junk. And you shouldn’t be afraid of it either. Salt is good. (Learn more about good sea salt here.)
Oh by the way, that giant bag of Redmond’s salt pictured, I got from Vitacost, where it’s less than half the price it is in stores and on Amazon. If you’ve never shopped at Vitacost before, click here for a $10 coupon (also provides me with a coupon, so I can, you know, afford to eat and stuff). I get my salt, coconut oil, coconut flour, and just about every dry pantry item I need from there, plus lots of other things. I can’t say enough good things about that store.
Sprinkle that delicious salt onto the nuts as you stir in the caramel sauce.
And That’s It.
That’s my magic caramel nut recipe! It’s GAPS-legal, and a relatively healthy little treat. Enjoy!